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Posted December 28, 2009
The author of the book is a Kabbalist and views the Tarot as practical and mystical at the same time. Some people may be turned off by this, but I found it interesting. I purchased the book with the intent to understand how to read Tarot cards for myself. I was roped into doing a reading for someone I barely knew after only doing a few spreads for myself, and was surprised at how accurate it turned out. I felt that the book had prepared me to make the reading personal. It wasn't the general meanings of the cards one might expect, but even the small details of the pictures, as Jayanti points out, can give the person being read for very personal meaning. True, the author admits to having recommended the Tarot as a form of modified rorshach test, as well as using it as a tool for assisting children with reading/writing problems, but I did not see anything wrong with that. Practitioners of the mystic arts know that the powers for what they do start within themselves. Spells and rituals work because the person/people performing them believe they do. The purpose behind the ritual is simply to focus your thoughts and energy on the desired outcome. I don't think the author detracts from this, but rather expands on the personal aspect. This is why different decks suit different people.
There is an aspect to the tarot of the mystic, for certain. When using the deck, there is a degree of opening your third eye chakra so that you can decipher what meanings are going to be important to the person you're reading for. An acquaintance of mind that does Tarot readings professionally uses no candles or fancy imagery to try and dazzle the customer, but she admits that she has a gift and that the Spirit Guide(s) of the person being read for often give her hints and images to help her interpret how that card in that position relates to the client. This is not discussed as much in the book because, in my opinion, it might turn some people off to the idea of the Tarot all together, and not everyone has this ability. If you are looking for a way to enhance your "sixth sense," the Tarot is a much safer way to explore and practice these abilities than, say, a scrying (Ouija) board, especially for the beginner.
The book is not completely entertaining - at times gets a little monotonous to read - but in general is an easy read and overall the information is valuable and interesting enough to keep you going through the "slow" parts. It doesn't matter what your previous experience with the Tarot is, or your religious background, if you read the book with an open mind and are looking for a better understanding of the Tarot, it's a great book.
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Posted August 24, 2003
Ms. Jayanti is big on the history of tarot cards and obviously a psychology buff. She interprets the cards as a psychologist might see Rohrschach ink blots. 'I don't work with the tarot to predict the future,' she says. Tarot is a great teaching tool for substance-abuse counselors, according to this author. But she calls it a 'fallacy' that some think tarot readings help you find out about your future. To her, the cards are merely a symbol system that can assist you in understanding yourself -- and you can forget about predictive readings for others. 'Lighting candles or saying prayers' to her is 'just plain ignorant.' I'll take a book that tells me how to read the cards. If I want psychoanalysis, I'll go to a psychiatrist.
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This set was good for me as a complete beginner to the tarot. It gave me a tarot card set and some guidance on how to use it. The author explains the cards by using questions rather than stating what this card generally means. I prefer more direct guidance when starting. I will use the questions she presents as I further study the tarot, but more direct guidance would have been welcome in this book, as my first tarot book.
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I liked that you got the deck and the book in one. Amber Jayanti goes into detail about each card and what exactly the tarot is. I appreciate that she makes the point that tarot isn't a devil-worshipping practice. The one thing I can say that I didn't really like was that instead of giving exact interpretations about each card she has a list of questions. The point is that when you are doing self-readings to see if the questions are relevant to your situation. The only thing is as a beginner I would confuse myself. :) So, i would've liked a more exact interpretation. But, besides that I loved it. I think it's pretty awesome that it comes with a Rider-Waite deck because a lot of other books that I looked at also use this deck.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2009
It's an interesting book about a topic which aroused my curiosity. The book is useful if you want to learn about reading Tarot Cards. I was interested in being a fortune-teller for a school carnival.
I found it amusing and useful.